Message from MRT, October 2014

This month, we devote much of our newsletter to health and wellbeing. Once again Los Angeles hosted the region’s largest free health clinic – Care Harbor LA. Many thanks to the hundreds of doctors, dentists, nurses and other volunteers who made this year’s event such a success.

Well, our most vulnerable children simply deserve to grow up with the ability to meet their basic human needs. To that end our office has supported the work of a collaborative set up to do just that. And last week the collaborative unveiled a strategic plan recognizing the need for our young people to have permanent solutions such as housing, access to a shower, clean clothes, and support in seeking employment. Though much work remains, the plan is a significant step forward for the collaborative and a demonstration that our homeless children are not without hope.

And on the subject of hope, our fight against sex trafficking is hopeful and our commitment to our most vulnerable children remains strong. Last week we launched an awareness campaign against human trafficking in the greater Los Angeles area. These billboards will help spread the word, will educate and raise awareness so that victims know they are not alone and that there is a way out.

Lastly, do you know what to do in the event of a disaster? Being prepared is the first step to securing your wellbeing when unpredictable emergencies occur. It’s about putting safety first. If we can help prepare one resident, we have the opportunity to save a life. Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to seeing you again in November.

With hope,